Philippine tourism reaches 7.1-M tourist arrivals, sets new record

Even with Boracay’s temporary shutdown for rehabilitation, it seems that international visitors are not done with the Philippines yet. Department of Tourism (DOT) reported last week that the country has set a record-breaking 7.1 million international tourist arrivals in 2018.

Data from the DOT recorded at least 7,127,168 foreign tourists spent their vacation in the Philippines, the “highest ever number” in the history of the country’s tourism industry. It has significantly surpassed the 6,620,908 arrivals in 2017 by 7.68 percent.

“This is a time that celebrates the 7.1 million tourist arrival count — the highest ever in our country’s history, while at the same time championing the cause of an economic activity that can support and transform lives of common Filipinos,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

The country’s tourism growth rate has exceeded the world average tourism growth and average growth for Asia and the Pacific of 6 percent as distinguished by the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s World Tourism Barometer.

“It shows that turning off the faucet when the water is unclear can bring a fresher flow in just an unexpected period of time. With this, we have also seen the transition from a mass tourism perspective shifting into high-value tourism direction that prioritizes quality over mere quantity,” she added.

News source: Philippine News Agency

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